Small groups perform a vital role in the church as they provide opportunities for members to connect, learn, grow, and minister side by side. Jesus showed us a model of a healthy small group when He called, taught, and sent out his group of twelve. As we develop small groups of our own, here are some ways we can follow the example of Christ with His disciples.
Years ago, to choose a Bible study for a Sunday school class or small group, we simply walked into a local Christian bookstore. Today, that selection process is far more complicated.
Sometimes others express a thought so well, the best we can do is quote them. Used sparingly, quotes can inspire your small group and give your members something to ponder.
As you prepare for your next small group meeting, here are some best practices to keep in mind as you gather the inspirational words of others.
Have you been in groups where the prayer requests took more than half the meeting, so the group didn’t finish discussing the lesson for the week? Did you write down all the requests only to get home and feel overwhelmed by all the needs?
Music can inspire your small group meeting and be a way to lead your group to prayer. Sometimes, a simple acapella hymn led by one of our group members is enough to set the tone. Other times, ending our session with a music video by one of the many talented Christian worship leaders allows us to have a moment of quiet, individual worship and prayer.